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SCOTS SLAMMED OVER POOR IN-CARE TUITION

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Scottish first minister Jack McConnell and education minister Cathy Jamieson have strongly criticised Scottish coun...
Scottish first minister Jack McConnell and education minister Cathy Jamieson have strongly criticised Scottish councils for failing to meet specified standards of education for looked-after children.

Council responses to a report, Learning with care, show wide variations in standards, according to Ms Jamieson.

Mr McConnell expressed 'serious concern' when he launched the report as education minister (LGC, 9 March 2001).

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities blamed the Executive for starving councils of funds.

President Pat Watters (Lab) said: 'The real problem has been a lack of funding by central government.'

The Executive is demanding looked-after children receive full-time education, have a care plan and all schools have a teacher specifically for children in care.

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